Book Review: “Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry Into the News”(Jeffrey Bilbro)

As we believers view the media landscape of our times, we get a certain sadness of what mess we are looking at. Some of us their gets turn off of the ugliness or get caught up fighting against its currents. We comment sharing but it spills over to became debates on either the news itself or the media outlets. As the digital age progress it seems that the news has turned into this monster that we Christians want to get rid off or should we? Maybe we should get a little bit of boost on how we deal and navigate the news. Perhaps learning to read it with the lense Jeffrey Bilbro wants us to wear?

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Hinge Moments ” (D. Michael Lindsay)

I gain a momentum in reading that I can quickly start reading a new book after I finish one. It’s a bit faster than the usual and I can still retain what I have read previously. This pace came to me this week having no internet connection for a few days.

Anyways, here are my favorite quote from the upcoming book Hinge Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Transitions by D. Michael Lindsay published by Intervarsity Press. If you want to support the author, you can pre-order/buy this book by following this link.

When you scout out a plan of action for your transition somewhere, focus on the milk and honey rather than the supposed “giants.” There may be giants, but that does not mean they will defeat you. And they certainly should not dissuade you from following the Lord’s leading. There is no one on earth who can subvert the call of God.”

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Why Children Matter” (Douglas Wilson)

Guys, can you do me a favor? If you have Twitter and enjoys sharing quote cards, I have some few images over my account that you might like. Also while you’re there follow me and I’ll follow you back.

Now here are my favorite quote from the book Why Children Matter by Douglas Wilson published by Canon Press. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

Your purpose as parents is ultimately to be the instrument of your children’s salvation. You are not the ground of their salvation, but you are commanded to imitate the One who is the ground of their salvation.

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The Freebie Round-Up #105

I have two new articles on Driven By The Gospel. One is a translated article from Desiring God about Valentine’s Day and a quote collection from an author I recently interviewed here on this blog. Plus a new quote card collection over the FB Page of this blog.

Now that those have been taken cared of, lets proceed to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE 10 Sunday School lessons for kids – So you want to sample Truth78 Sunday School curriculum? Then click this link to sample 10 of it for free.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “How to Walk Into Church” (Tony Payne)

Guys, kindly pray for me as I apply for work online. May I find one that will help our finances and help my blogging. Thank you in advance!

Now here are my favorite quote from the book How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne published by Matthias Media. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“..this is God’s majestic purpose in Christ: to save and redeem and gather around himself a people from every nation, to give them confident access to his own presence, and one day to reveal that mighty assembly of his people in the new creation. In other words, God’s purpose in Christ is to build his church.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #102

I have a freshly translated article from David Platt about prayer on Driven By The Gospel. Kindly go there and enjoy the article.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies for the week. If you’re new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE “Philippians” from Legacy Standard Bible– Interested with all the hype of this new Bible? Then download Philippians to sample LSB. Also scroll a bit down and you’ll also get to download the Gospel of Mark.

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Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2020

I thank God that this year had been a diverse year in my reading. I dived into the usual books but also to audiobooks, children’s book and comicbooks which delivers different flavors, all pointing to God’s goodness. I was able to grasps conspiracy theories, narcissism, existentialism, coronavirus and a space opera. This year I get to review books from Wipf and Stock Publishers, New Growth Press and Christian Focus, who are very generous on providing me on the books in digital format. I enjoy every minute of reading and doing stuff on this blog to tell you what I think of these books.

Now it’s another year and it’s time to share what books I enjoyed the the most in 2020. It’s been a busy year also for me as I did some book related stuff for this blog and other ministries. It’s God’s grace that sustains me through that year that is marked by the pandemic. I thank you readers for being there and praying for me.

But first, here are the books I read for the whole year of 2020. I included the links of the quotes and/or reviews I did for it. You can check it also on my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge (with some I didn’t include here). If you wondering what was my Top Ten in 2019 here’s the link to it.

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Facilitating A Breakout Session


To be honest being included as a speaker at this years iDisciple Philippines conference didnt sink easily on me. Of course, every bloggers dream is to jump from a platform to another, to be heard in a different but wider audience. This means he’s gonna taste something different and be at an unfamiliar place which he will have an opportunity to glorify God. I have to wait to see the digital poster with my photo there before I can say that I’m really speaking at a conference. Yes no need to pinch myself.

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Blogging for God’s Glory in a Clickbait World” (Benjamin Vrbicek & John Beeson)

I have a newly translated article over Driven by the Gospel that might interest you specially if your eyeing for church membership.

Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book  Blogging for God’s Glory in a Clickbait World by Benjamin Vrbicek & John Beeson, published by Fan and Flame Press. If you like these quotes and want to support the authors, consider grabbing a copy of the book by clicking here.

“Blogging can be an isolated calling. Do everything you can to remain in the community. Encourage other bloggers, and be real enough to experience the encouragement that can come from those in the trenches with you.”

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7 Biblical Response To “Kill Culture”

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In the recent news that startled the nation, we see in a viral video of a Tarlac policeman shooting an elderly mother and her son. The murder happened in broad daylight in front of many witnesses including the policeman’s daughter. This gruesome crime brought up the fiery topic of our nations “kill culture”. This culture has been permeating in recent years as we approve and justify allegedly extra judicial killings. Add to that is the constant word wars over social media by prominent figures or celebrities that spew murderous threats.

When society allows and accept killing as a norm, it won’t take long till we reap what we sow. We conveniently turn our backs to people who are suffering because of apathy. Now in our social media age, it makes it even more easy to turn a blind eye on these crimes. We in this society never think about of such implications until we become victims of this horrible culture ourselves.

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